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Legionellosis is a collective term for diseases caused by legionella bacteria including the most serious Legionnaires’ disease, as well as the similar but less serious conditions of Pontiac fever and Lochgoilhead fever. Legionnaires’ disease is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia and everyone is susceptible to infection. The risk increases with age but some people are at higher risk including:
•people over 45 years of age
•smokers and heavy drinkers
•people suffering from chronic respiratory or kidney disease
•diabetes, lung and heart disease
•anyone with an impaired immune system
The bacterium Legionella pneumophila and related bacteria are common in natural water sources such as rivers, lakes and reservoirs, but usually in low numbers. They may also be found in purpose-built water systems such as cooling towers, evaporative condensers, hot and cold water systems in the home or workplace and spa pools.
If conditions are favourable, the bacteria may grow increasing the risks of Legionnaires’ disease and it is therefore important to control the risks by introducing appropriate measures.
BAR Investigations offer a management solution by way of a thorough assessment of water systems within the home or the workplace, to ensure that conditions favourable to the growth of Legionella and other diseases are recognised and eradicated. We recommend an annual assessment to ensure the health and wellbeing of workers, employees, tenants, contractors and other visitors at the premises and can offer competitive packages either as stand-alone assessment or as part of a larger risk assessment, including fire, security and general Health & Safety risk assessments.
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